Jan. 25, 2002
Volume XXXV, No. 4


Promotions and Tenure

Who's New


Who's New

Miller joins UTHSC otolaryngology department


The department of otolaryngology has appointed Dr. Frank R. Miller as an assistant professor in the department of otolaryngology — head and neck surgery. Dr. Miller will serve as the student selective director for MS-IIIs and MS-IVs. He also is chief of otolaryngology at the South Texas Veterans Health Care System, Audie Murphy Division.

"My main area of interest remains head and neck surgery," Dr. Miller said. "We care for patients with a wide range of cancers and tumors in the head and neck region. I am very excited to be a part of a growing academic otolaryngology department and look forward to a long career here at the Health Science Center."

Dr. Miller completed his residency at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, followed by a fellowship in head and neck surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Tennessee.

He served as director of head and neck surgery for Wilford Hall Medical Center and Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio from 1998 to 2000. Immediately prior to coming to the Health Science Center, he served as an assistant professor of surgery/otolaryngology at Brown University Medical School in Rhode Island.

"During my time in the military, we really enjoyed living in San Antonio," Dr. Miller said. "When the opportunity presented itself to return, we decided to make the move."

Dr. Miller is joined by his wife, Cheryl, and their three children, Leah, Aimee and Frankie.

New faculty member will tackle pneumonia research


Dr. Eric Mortensen has joined the department of medicine as an assistant professor. He will work in the division of general internal medicine and at the South Texas Veterans Health Care System, Audie Murphy Division (VA).

Dr. Mortensen's research focuses on decreasing the mortality of patients with community-acquired pneumonia.

"I came to the Health Science Center to work with the Veterans Evidence-based Research Dissemination and Implementation Center (VERDICT), which is a VA Center of Excellence in health services research," Dr. Mortensen said. "I was very impressed with the excellent resources and collegial atmosphere the university offers."

Dr. Mortensen graduated from the Medical College of Pennsylvania in 1996 and completed a residency and General Internal Medicine Fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh.

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